Dependency Management – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Does your team struggle to get items to Done? Do they experience a high amount of spill-over into the next cycle because they are waiting on another team or another person? Do items sit in a blocked state and age out while waiting on other teams or people to complete work?


Lipstick Agile — 15 Signs You Probably Need a New Job or to Roll-up Your Proverbial Sleeves

TL; DR: Lipstick Agile — Happiness in the Trenches? Have you noticed how many people in the agile field are unhappy with their work situation? A situation where an organization already struggles doing agile, not to mention ‘becoming agile?’ This is what I call lipstick Agile.


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Product Owner Toolkit

Para ser exitoso con Scrum un Product Owner debe complementar sus competencias con prácticas y herramientas que le ayuden a mejorar la gestión del producto y la entrega de valor a la vez que fomenta la colaboración y la creación de una mentalidad de producto en sus organizaciones.


[2 Mins FAQ] What Is The Career Path For Scrum Product Owner?

What is up awesome people? I hope you are having a great weekend. After my previous video about the career path for Scrum Master , many people requested me to explain the career path for Product Owner in the company also.


Is Kanban Linear?

typical Kanban board usually shows a series of steps or activities that work passes through.


Why should I attend a Professional Scrum Foundation course?

Some may confuse the word “Foundation” in the name of the Professional Scrum Foundation course to mean simple or basic. But in truth this means it is a course for everybody to build a solid base of knowledge, understanding and practical application of Professional Scrum.

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Innovation within a Scrum Team

The focus of this article is on one of the most important things giving lifeblood to the Product Backlog and promoting its characteristic of long-living artifact, the Innovation.


Jira Kills the Sprint Backlog

. If you were in my class, you probably remember the exercise, where participants list roles, artifacts and events in Scrum. There is one particular case, that started appearing about 7 years ago.


The Inevitability of change

There is no such thing as an Agile Transformation, Digital Transformation, DevOps Transformation, or any of the Whatever Transformation that you can think of or have been sold. You can’t buy agility, and you certainly can’t install it. There is no end state, no optimal outcome, No best practices.

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Inspiring Product Development with Sprint Review Canvas

A Sprint Review is perhaps one of the most difficult elements in the product development with Scrum. When I started out as Scrum Master, I didn’t attach much importance to this meeting.

Advanced Scrum Product Ownership - Riding Dinosaurs

. What does Scrum Product Ownership have to do with Dinosaurs? We typically say that Scrum Masters get to herd cats. But Scrum Product Owners actually need to learn how to ride a Dinosaur! With the click-bate established, what does that even mean? .


Round #5 of the Scrummer Quiz

. "The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time" - Autographed books by Jeff and JJ Sutherland for the Scrummer Quiz 2020 Today, we are entering the 5th and last round of the annual Scrummer Quiz. Still two books ("The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time") waiting to be raffled off.


80% of communication is non-verbal

In light of the new normal and the last 20 years of technological progress, we need to re-define co-location as we no longer need to be in the same room as each other to get the 80% of communication that is non-verbal.

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[2 Mins FAQ] Can One Person Be Both The Scrum Master And The Product Owner?

What’s up awesome people. I hope you had a great week and ready for the weekend. Starting from today, I am going to start a new series on my channel which I will call the 2 minutes FAQ series.


Complex Refinement with User Story Canvas

The practice of describing requirements with user stories is widely accepted in agile community. It is also commonly used as a template for expressing the Product Backlog items.


DoD Matrix at Sprint Planning

Many teams have been adopting an iterative way to deliver new services, products, and complex projects. Duration of the iteration is one month or less and starts with short planning session.


“Spotify Model” – 10 lessons in transplantology

The original text was published few years ago on Linkedin - [link] , but the subject keeps popping up - so I decided to post this text also here. I hope it will be valuable for you. Kate Hobler (Terlecka).

Commitment is not free overtime

Commitment is key. Commitment is somethins every team, every manager, every organization wants and needs. Commitment promises better results, engaged people, good relationship with work and many other benefits. The problem is that it can be misunderstood. . .

[2 Mins FAQ] What Is The Career Path For Scrum Master?

What’s up awesome people. I hope you had a great weekend and ready for a new week. In this [2 Minutes FAQ] video, I will answer the question that I keep hearing frequently lately, that is in regards with the Scrum Master career path.


If you want to be taken seriously, be consistent !

What is the one thing you need to achieve everything you want with respect to health, fitness and life? Is it a special framework? Is it a super food? Is it a special training program? Is it a quick fix? Is it a short cut? Or Is it something that's very simple?


Scrum’s Nature: It Is a Tool; It Is Not About Love or Hate

TL; DR: Scrum’s Nature: It Is a Tool; It Is Not About Love or Hate. Regularly, we find articles from developers detailing why ‘Agile’ in general and Scrum’s nature, in particular, deserve our collective disdain.


[VLOG] My Job Title Is Product Owner But Am I The Product Owner?

What's up awesome people. I hope you had a great weekend. Recently I received many questions from people who has the job title Product Owner in the company who was not sure whether they really are the Product Owner.

The Art of Listening - The first skill of a Scrum Master

I was once told that we have one mouth and two ears and that we should use them in those proportions. Now, those who know me will know that I struggle with that. Over the past few months I've been spending time exploring professional coaching via Co-Active coaching.


Organizations with the best Scrum claim they don’t have it

This particular revelation came to me few years after I started working with agility.

Rules Are There For A Reason

It’s interesting how we sometimes accept some rules without questioning them at all, and how some other times we try to bend them to suit our needs. While it is our choice to do so, we often know what the consequences of our choices are. It might not be that obvious with Scrum.


Coach the Person - Not the Problem

Part of the role of being a Scrum Master is to be a coach; to the team, the organsiation and the individual. So How Do You Become an Effective coach? . In a previous post I said that the first skill is to know how to listen , as without being able to listen you can't truly understand.

[VLOG] Why the Scrum Product Backlog Is Not Only User Stories And Is Not Prioritised

What is up awesome people. I hope you are starting your week well. First of all I would like to thank all of you for your continuous support to my channel as my channel reached another milestone.


What makes the difference between a GOOD Scrum Master and a GREAT Scrum?Master?

Even though the global Scrum adoption is now at 75% ( source: 14th State of Agile report 2020 ), the Scrum Master profession is still difficult to grasp for many. I have encountered and still encounter many organizations struggling with understanding the role of the Scrum Master.


Fitness and Agility

Personal Fitness and Business Agility have a lot in common. Both are about bringing small, sustainable changes in your day to day behaviours, habits and mindset.

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Splitting your team reduces planning time

Dark, small, crowded room in a corporate office. All windows shut closed with worldproof blinds. The only source of light is a projector splitting the room in two uneven halves.


Are we really living the Agile Values by insisting on co-located teams?

For many years, many of us have had strong opinions about the importance of having teams that are co-located.

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Experiment: Make the Cost of Low Autonomy Transparent with Permission Tokens

In our book?—? the Zombie Scrum Survival Guide ?—?we we dive deep into what causes Zombie Scrum; something that looks like Scrum from a distance, but lacks a beating heart. We also offer 40+ experiments to recover from Zombie Scrum.


Agile.FM Podcast with Dan Vacanti about the Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK) course

I had the pleasure to sit down with Dan Vacanti , who has helped develop the Kanban Method and is the course steward of's Professional Scrum with Kanban course, and record this Agile.FM episode. Dan and I talk about Scrum with Kanban and how agile processes can compliment each other.

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How to Prove the Value of Scrum Masters to the Organization?

As part of The Liberators Network , we organize meetups that allow participants to give & get help around challenges they face with unleashing their organization’s superpowers. All meetups focus on peer-to-peer coaching, building networks, and the sharing of experiences.

Scrum and Organizational Design in practice

"Scrum and Organizational Design in practice" is my contribution to Gunther Verheyen book "97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know" published by O'Reilly Media and resumes my latest experience as Scrum Practitioner on how to make a company's transformation implicit rather than explicit. .


Can we have more than one Product Owner?

One of the questions about Scrum I’m often asked is, “Can we have more than one Product Owner per product?” In fact, one of the few Scrum rules about the Product Owner role is, “The Product Owner is one person, not a committee.” (The The Scrum Guide).


9 steps to a great Online Agile Scrum Team

. So, how’s it going? Terrible. My team are worried, we feel disconnected and I’m finding it hard to bring us back together. Sounds challenging. It is. It really is. I just don’t understand how these other teams I read about are working together so well. Hmm, how are the rest of the team feeling?